Family Travel 2011

Megan Sexton

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

What is there to see and do on Kiawah Island, SC. I have 3 teenage boys and would like to know what can we do while we are there. - Joe, New York
Hi Joe, Kiawah is a great place for families. It's just south of Charleston, one of the country's prettiest (and I'd say best) cities, so you can always take day trips for great restaurants, history, cultural events and attractions.

But there is plenty to do on Kiawah to keep you busy -- especially with teenagers.

There is world-class golf, bicycling paths throughout the island, tennis and 10 miles of pristine coastline.

There are all sorts of recreation opportunities including paddling tours, dolphin viewing excursions and fishing charters

See Kiawah Island Resort to start planning your trip.
 
Hi, we are two families with three young kids each coming to Myrtle Beach at the end of August for a week. Do you have resort/hotels you recommend? In hurricane season, how bad is it? Are there any special excursions? - Rony, Toronto
Hi Rony, There is no shortage of accommodations in the Myrtle Beach area, from high-end resorts to mom-and-pop motels. Start planning your vacation at the Myrtle Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau website.

Late August is a great time to visit. Schools in South Carolina have already started for the year, so you'll find lower hotel rates. But the water is still warm and the weather is perfect for the beach.

Hurricane season runs from June through November. It's impossible to predict the type of season we'll have -- some years we are untouched, other years we are threatened by several storms. One positive thing to remember: A hurricane is typically predicted several days before it makes landfall, offering a chance to change your plans if it looks like a storm is heading our way.

 
Hi, we're looking for a family vacation spot where we could have access to daycare (so we can golf or do other activities when the kids nap). Do you have any suggestions? Are there all-inclusive places to go that might offer such a thing? - Kristin, Wisconsin
Hi Kristin,

If you're looking for golfing and a family vacation spot, check out Kiawah Island, just south of Charleston. There you will find Kamp Kiawah, fun, supervised activities designed for kids 3-11.

Other resorts along the coast also offer babysitting services or can provide information about ways to find sitters. Hilton Head Nannies provides vacation nannies or in-room babysitting.
 
I want to vacation in South Carolina but don't want to do the beach. I am looking for a travel destination in that area that is considered a travel destination. What advice can you give me? - Pam, North Royalton, Ohio
You'll find plenty of spots to visit in South Carolina if you're not interested in beaches.

You can visit the city of Charleston -- one of the country's prettiest and friendliest places -- and never go to the beach. You'll find history, high-end restaurants, attractions for families and singles and wonderful inns and hotels. See the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau website to get started.

You might consider a stay at the Woodlands in Summerville, known for its exceptional accommodations and dining. (It's a five-star, five-diamond place to stay).

In the Upstate, Greenville is definitely worth a look. It's a renovated downtown that stays busy day and night with a riverfront park with waterfalls, cultural events at the Peace Center, great restaurants and nice accommodations (Check out the Westin Poinsett Greenville for a high-end resort feel. Its location at the base of the Blue Ridge foothills, also makes it a great home base for mountain drives, hikes and daytrips.
 
I am looking to come down to South Carolina for the 4th of July with my husband and two boys, ages 6 and 2. Any suggestions on where to stay? We’d like beaches and eateries where locals hang out -- we’re not too much into the crazy tourism scene. Tha - Daniela, NYC
Fourth of July is one of the busiest times on the South Carolina coast. If you're not looking for a busy beach scene, I'd recommend the Litchfield, Pawleys Island area. You'll find beaches that aren't crowded and good local restaurants.

With young kids, you'll want to try the ultra-casual Litchfield Beach Fish House. When our children were younger, they loved the boxes of sea life figures they could play with while we waited for our food. For a higher-end meal, you can't miss with Frank's, -- one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Frank's Outback is especially good for families

Accommodations range from beach cottages available by the week, to condos and hotel units.

For beach houses, try Pawleys Island Realty or Dunes Realty in Litchfield We've rented from both over the years with good results.

For condos or hotel suites, try the Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort. It offers lots of variety -- both on and off the beach -- along with kid-friendly pools, lazy rivers and other fun attractions.

If you're there on July 4th, don't miss the whimsical parade on Pawleys Island. You'll see some pictures here.